Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Justice League of America #55

Justice League of America #55 (On Sale: June 13, 1967) has what I remember as one of the coolest covers I had ever seen by Mike Sekowsky and Murphy Anderson. Man I thought that adult Robin costume was so cool! I also think this is another example of DC artists trying to do a Jack Kirby. The dynamic pose, the extreme foreshortening on Robin's fist, the villain almost flying off the cover. DC covers were changing rapidly; my golden age was arriving!

Inside we have the cover story "The Super-Crisis That Struck Earth-Two" by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky and Sid Greene. In the yearly Justice League/Justice Society cross-over, there are four black spheres, life-forms from another universe, which are absorbed into the bodies of four humans of Earth-2, granting them super-powers but also turning them evil. United to battle them are the members of the Justice Society of America, including new member Robin, now an adult crimefighter.

He and Wildcat team up against Martin Baxter, an embittered former ballplayer intent on destroying sports arenas, Wonder Woman battles Claire Morton, a stenographer with a love for gems, Hawkman and Mr. Terrific battle Horace Rowland, businessman-turned-criminal, and Hourman fights Chinese bandit How Chu.

When the JSA is defeated, late arrival Johnny Thunder sends his magic Thunderbolt after the villains, but he too meets defeat. Johnny then summons members of the Justice League of Earth-1 for aid, only to find them engaged in a similar case with no results. Reprinted in the Justice League of America Archives Vol. 7 HC.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.


R2K said...

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TomM said...

This cover has always fascinated me. I agree with your comments about it's being a kind of old DC/new Marvel style cross-over piece. And there is the added strangeness of the uncomfortable Sekowsky pencils/Anderson inks art combo. It's a perfect example of how two great artists do not necessarily make a great team!